THEY’RE not known for their militancy, but even doctors have turned on the Government in fury over hated pensions reforms.
For the first time since 1975 medics are threatening to strike at plans to slash their retirement funds.
British Medical Association delegates voted by almost nine to one to ballot on “all forms” of industrial action at its conference in Cardiff.
He warned that Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander’s “ultimatums and ridiculous threats” could scupper a peaceful resolution. BMA pensions committee chair Andrew Dearden said the NHS scheme was overhauled three years ago and has an annual £2billion surplus.
He added: “The Government has made the assumption because we live 10 years longer, we can work 10 years longer.
“Ten years longer in life does not mean 10 years longer of working life, especially one that requires very high skill.
“Would you be happy for a 68-year-old neurosurgeon to dig inside your head?”
BMA members will now vote on whether to strike.
Dr Dearden insisted it would be a “last resort”.
Health chiefs said the BMA has been “invited to discuss” pension changes.